BodyTalk is a wonderful system for health management that was developed by Dr. John Veltheim. It’s like a blend of eastern modalities pulling heavily from Traditional Chinese Medicine, working in tandem with western modalities and knowledge of the bodymind. Specifically, BodyTalk encompasses western medical expertise, the energy dynamics of acupuncture, osteopathic and chiropractic philosophy, the clinical findings of applied kinesiology, and the insights of modern physics and mathematics.

The various areas of the BodyTalk protocol chart include (but are not limited to) your organs, endocrines and body parts, musculo-skeletal, circulation and nerve supply, body chemistry, your environment, the meridians and chakras, consciousness, and the five elements.

Sessions help maintain well-being (though of course they’re quite helpful for acute conditions), much like seeing your healthcare provider for occasional check-ups. At the beginning, clients come about three times in a two-month period or so, and then going forward, whenever there is need for a “tune-up”. This work is effective both in-person and from a distance.

Dr. Amit Goswami Ph.D., Quantum Physicist, Professor Emeritus Oregon University, and featured in the movie “What the Bleep do We Know?” was a keynote speaker at the 2009 International BodyTalk Association conference and had this to say:

“The principles of BodyTalk are based on proven scientific facts and leading-edge discoveries. It is a new way of addressing our well-being in the future. BodyTalk opens an unlimited collection of energetic possibilities for us to heal on many levels.”

Lines of Communication

Here’s a direct description from the BodyTalk site:

“BodyTalk is an astonishingly simple and effective form of therapy that allows the body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Each system, cell and atom is in constant communication with each other at all times. Through exposure to the stresses of day-to-day life, however, these lines of communication can become compromised, which then leads to a decline in physical, emotional and/or mental well-being.

Reconnecting these lines of communication enables the body’s mechanisms to function at optimal levels, thus preventing disease and rapidly accelerating the healing process. In this way, BodyTalk stimulates the body’s innate ability to balance and heal itself. BodyTalk can be used as a stand alone system to treat many health problems or can be seamlessly integrated into any healthcare system to increase its effectiveness.

BodyTalk’s major assets are its simplicity, safety and the speed of its results. It is non-invasive and objective in application and works effectively on humans and animals alike. Even if a BodyTalk technique is performed incorrectly, it simply means that there will be no result or change. It will not make things worse. It follows, therefore, that anyone who receives BodyTalk has nothing to lose and everything to gain as far as his or her health is concerned.”

What Takes Place

During a session, we look for your body’s healing priorities by working through a protocol chart (via a very simple, form of neuromuscular biofeedback to get yes/no answers). We do not diagnose our clients. (Here’s John Veltheim speaking about “The Concept of Diagnosis”.)  For example, no matter the diagnosis you may have been given elsewhere, perhaps your liver is not communicating with your gallbladder, which is manifesting in lethargy and struggles with pent up anger and inappropriate emotional outbursts. Once those “priorities” have been determined, hands are placed over the liver and gallbladder as points of focus, and then the practitioner lightly taps your head and heart for a few moments. This lets the brain know that the liver and gallbladder need to communicate more efficiently, and lets the heart know to facilitate that communication, like telling the brain (your computer) to reboot and your heart to save the changes (to your hard drive)!

From there we simply look for the next priority destination to link (some part always links to another) until the session ends. We link priorities for healing so that communication flows, addressing what needs attention in the order that the bodymind determines is best.

During a distance session, we’re usually on the phone together (though that’s not even required), and the process is pretty much the same, except that we’re not in the same room.


The Cortices technique is an effective yet simple tool to help manage stress, useful in a multitude of situations and learned very quickly (it’s an integral part of what’s called “FastAid”). If you make a practice of tapping out your cortices on a regular basis, daily even, you will absolutely realize benefits.

This educational video will teach you more about this tool for general balancing. Click on “Cortices How To” and watch John Veltheim demonstrate this helpful technique.

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